In the discriminating old life, gage when the Net had nigh 10 users and the web was a far off modality, PCs were called Habitation Computers and anyone could discover to make machine games. Trio of us set up in concern to make and delude our own games for the ZX Spectrum (Aka Timex/Sinclair) and Commodore 64. We didn't sell numerous games but we were found by feat into the spirited changeover acting. A proprietor would promulgation a hit on the Commodore 64 and we'd make the Timex, Amstrad, MSX, CBM 16 etc versions. It took around 3 months for one human to food a courageous.
That was 20 life ago and things get denaturized a lot since then. The games business is now a massive multi billion greenback performing and use teams can numerate 50 or author. My original gritty had me as engineer, creator, and beep planner - (advantageously it wasn't seemly sensation!). I did everything. Rear then games were scrivened in program and you had to take 6502 and Z80. Today with a few exceptions games are transcribed in C and C++. The life of indorse assemblage programmers aren't only gone- there is also 'retrospective creation' and 'indie' set, e.g. http://retrospec.sgn.net/ but unless you have as a one man dress oeuvre Smasher PC games.
It's not all bad tidings though- if you can document to a really operative standard and tally learnt few of the techniques- eg 3d maths, stilted intelligence (ai), and can expose demos of your encrypt then you may be competent to get a job in the marketplace. There are teemingness of books and websites that will draw you finished the intricacies of DirectX and before interminable you'll be a guru on extreme shaders etc. Signed up on games evolution sites same http://gamasutra.com/ (it's inexact) and seem for jobs. You ripe to get a job and equipped to work perennial, in few pillowcase rattling stretch hours. It is quite a rowdy playing - when a occupation is low usage, you'll untaped eject and eat it for 18 months-two geezerhood. And you belike won't transmute 9-5 all the time.
There are nonetheless different slipway to get into the games acting and I don't awful housing process. There are else 'genres' of games that are such easier to get into.
1. MUD - Multi-user dungeons. These know been around for 30 eld and were the someone to the MMORPG (Monumental Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games) that now survive. These are still touristed and you can conceive the shaper code to various of these. I don't undergo if any accomplish money- most people are now victimised to activity them for atrip. Lie here: http://www.power.org.uk/mud.html
2. Internet/Web based games. There are hundreds of these around. A quality turn outlet is the vast directory at http://www.mpogd.com/ . These extent from loose to monthly subscriptions. Anyone can set up their own website and games using any web technology- e.g. Perl, PHP, Drink.
3. Play By Send. This has now largely but not solely emotional into the Internet/Web Games expanse. Flagship store is a redemptive source of collection - their website is http://flagshipmagazine.com/
5. Mobile Phone and PDA games. This has prettify a big ontogeny atlantic fresh and is possible to move its ontogeny as phones get more powerful. Its also one of the easiest to get into tho' not all phones are the equal. All you impoverishment to jazz is how to pen Drinkable games gushing on the J2ME (Potable 2 Floating Edition) program. Unlike the console grouping, Software Process Kits (SDKS) are available for unloosen from perambulating sound manufacturers. E.g. http://www.assembly.nokia.com/main.html and the primo IDEs for J2ME usage (Netbeans and Interruption) are Maneuverable Multiplayer Online Personation Freedom Games) before too lengthened.
More of this can be finished relation case in your evenings/weekends but be unhurried that you don't let it accept over your aliveness and also that your employer doesn't hold any request on software that you meliorate. Both employers hold clauses that let them arrogate anything you grow. There are shipway enunciate this, ofttimes involving a partner or preferred one who can be assigned ownership but brook juristic advice if in any question.